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  • belledame

    i agree totally about the distinctive color tones of “amelie.” jeunet seems to use it in all his films, though i haven’t seen them. screencaps of “a very long engagement” and “micmacs” are much the same. as much as i love the set design in “amelie,” i find the warm color palette – especially her hot red apartment to somewhat taxing to the eyes. whenever i make a visual presentation i design a background with a blue base: aqua, teal, lavendar. anything that allows the viewer’s eye to stay focused on the product being featured. i hate when a hardcore novice picks a template with a yellow-based red in it and expects people to be able to look at that for any period of time.

    another film that uses this greenish tone is “harry potter & the half-blood prince.” it is the only movie in that series to go this route, so it really stands out.

    July 01, 2011
    • evanerichards

      Its funny you should mention “Half-Blood Prince” since that was also shot by Bruno Delbonnel.

      July 01, 2011
  • belledame

    well, there you go

    July 02, 2011
  • Really nice study, thanks for that !

    July 25, 2011
  • susan

    wonderful post, well done, Amélie is also one of my favorite films but I never really took much notice of the color palette, very interesting

    August 07, 2011
  • Awesome, thank you so much for this study. I’m a photographer looking to shoot a series of photos in the Amelie-style, this was really helpful. What exactly do you mean by the 2-strip process though? Right now I’d put my money on just converting all blues to slightly different tints, increasing the saturation of reds and greens and upping the white balance. Any additional tips would be much appreciated! If you like I could show some results when I’m satisfied with them.

    April 27, 2012
    • evanerichards

      The two-strip process is another name for Kinemacolor. Check out the first third of “The Aviator” It’s a great example of what the process looks like. In the end, some color processing can help a lot to achieve the look, but a majority of the look comes from carefully chosen color schemes in the production design, sets, costumes etc.

      I’d love to see your photos when you are finished with them. Best of luck!

      April 29, 2012
  • ravi dhanve

    wonderfull post, Amelie is also one of my very favorite movie. realy very nice study about color, set design, and camera work..

    February 20, 2013
  • robulko

    Is dolly only what they use? There seems to be plenty of jib/crane kind of shots.

    October 24, 2013
  • […] many of the elements discussed in chapters 4-6 in our textbook. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet uses wide angle lenses to create a deep depth of field and keep everything in focus. It allows him to create a picture for […]

    January 26, 2014
  • […] funky aerial shots, the slightly alleviated angle when filming Amelie giving her a creepy smile, the wide angles with unusual up-close shots of characters, eccentric presentations and funky […]

    April 27, 2014
  • dandy

    Watch Amelie again. Everything you wrote is true but I think you missed something. In the beginning the main colours are red and green. Every time a major plot point occurs a new colour is added to the film’s palette. Orange is introduced after she helps the blind man. Blue is introduced with the arrows drawn on the ground. As Amelie’s world expands and grows so do the amount of colours. The red and green (being complimentary colours) are a different take on her life being black and white. By the end she’s living in full technicolor.

    November 23, 2014
  • […] Evanerichards.com, (2011). Deconstructing Amelie @ Evan E. Richards. [online] Available at: http://evanerichards.com/2011/2120 [Accessed 11 Apr. […]

    April 12, 2015
  • […] L’utilisation des couleurs rouges et vertes marques <<Amélie>> d’être un film visuellement attrayant qui incite le spectateur à regarder plus loin. Pour moi, l’utilisation de jaune dans <<Amélie>> symbolise le bonheur et met en évidence le changement de l’humeur d’Amélie quand on la compare à l’utilisation de la couleur bleue. En outre, le film est bien éclairé et a peu de scènes où l’obscurité est prédominante (http://evanerichards.com/2011/2120). […]

    April 16, 2015
  • […] seulement éminent dans quelques plans. Les couleurs chaudes représentent le bonheur d’Amélie (http://evanerichards.com/2011/2120). Pour moi, c’est couleurs aide présenter le personnage d’Amélie comme rêveuse et […]

    May 01, 2015
  • […] seulement éminent dans quelques plans. Les couleurs chaudes représentent le bonheur d’Amélie (http://evanerichards.com/2011/2120). Pour moi, c’est couleurs aide présenter le personnage d’Amélie comme rêveuse et […]

    May 01, 2015
  • Leonard

    This is an awsome article.
    I would love to know where I can find information about Didier Le Fouest. if anyone knows.

    May 19, 2015
  • […] “In the beginning the main colours are red and green. Every time a major plot point occurs a new colour is added to the film’s palette. Orange is introduced after she helps the blind man. Blue is introduced with the arrows drawn on the ground. As Amelie’s world expands and grows so do the amount of colours. The red and green (being complimentary colours) are a different take on her life being black and white. By the end she’s living in full technicolor.”   http://evanerichards.com/2011/2120 […]

    June 04, 2015
  • audrey

    Hi, thanks for the article it’s really helpful. I’m currently writing a dissertation on Amelie for my degree and i was wondering if you could please share the source you used for the bit about different lenses being used specifically for each actor? thanks!

    November 15, 2015
  • romain

    Hello, could you share the filter or LUT 2 strip Technicolor that you used for this test?
    thank you beforehand
    Roman

    January 06, 2016
    • evanerichards

      I believe I used the Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite.
      If you google around you can find some free ones though.

      January 06, 2016
  • anon

    just a quick comment to show my appreciation for this post; absolutely love Amelie and this post helped me to get a bigger insight into the film making process- at first I thought my colour balance on my monitor had changed!

    June 15, 2016
  • […] director who loves using wide angle lenses to shoot his actors. In Amelie (2001), he used 14, 18, 21, 25 and 27mm lenses to distort and accentuate the unusual facial features of his […]

    June 23, 2016
  • What is the significance of the colors red and green in the movie Amelie?

    Amélie has a very specific color palette. It is a very warm film infused with reds and greens. The color blue is only prominent in only a few shots. A common motif used throughout the film was Digital Internediate which is a digitalizing process used t…

    June 27, 2016
  • […] Deconstructing Amelie http://evanerichards.com/2011/2120 […]

    July 08, 2016
  • […] Richards, E. (2012, December 09). Deconstructing Amelie – Evan E. Richards. Retrieved October 29, 2017, from http://evanerichards.com/2011/2120 […]

    October 29, 2017
  • Paola Canturini

    So, how many shots it has? Maybe I counted wrong but it’s up to 1260 shots.

    November 07, 2017
    • evanerichards

      It’s between 1300 and 1400 I believe. Don’t know the exact number.

      November 07, 2017
  • Hey,

    I only just found your website when I was looking for articles about the colour grading of Amelie. I’m a freelance colourist so I’m always on the look out for good articles. Your article was great, very informative and interesting. I looked at your VFX reel, really great work. Looking forward to diving deeper into your website.

    Keep up the good work

    Drew

    July 04, 2018

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